A good start

I know it will sound odd, but my most important personal change this year is to start eating breakfast.  It’s shameful that I really don’t eat well until the weekend when my husband is home and I can actually finish chewing a bite before I swallow.  However, I also don’t really care for breakfast foods.  Except for scrambled eggs, but those get boring after a week or so straight.  I’d been looking through several vegetarian and vegan cookbooks for ideas for our Meatless Mondays when it occurred to me that I could just use some of the whole grain side dishes ideas, add in the seeds or nuts I like and have a healthy, protein packed meal without having to eat cereal from a box.

This isn’t a recipe so much as it’s a guideline.  I bring to boiling 1 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp. salt and then add in 1 cup of couscous.  Cover the pan, and remove from the heat.  Allow to set for 5 minutes.  Remove the lid and using a fork, fluff up the couscous.  At this point, I add in 1 Tbsp real butter, flax or coconut oil, 1/2 cup each of dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.  Then a generous 2 Tbsp. of local honey, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and stir to combine.  These are the flavors I like, but you could easily change out the cranberries for raisins and the pumpkin seeds for slivered almonds.  Don’t like couscous?  Try this with brown rice or Quinoa.

I make a large batch and then reheat in the mornings.  I rediscovered grapefruit and often will have  one  with a scoop of the couscous.  The point is that by eating a whole grain first thing in the morning, I’m getting a number of nutritional benefits not the least of which is fiber which helps to break down starches into glucose and lower cholesterol.   Nutritional benefits aside, I feel like a new person eating a real breakfast.  I’m not pounding cups of coffee all morning, no matter how sleepless my night was and I feel better focused.

5 Replies to “A good start”

  1. Good post! I love quinoa for breakfast (especially red quinoa) with butter, salt & pepper… need to try couscous sometime. I guess I always feel like couscous is just another carb (ie. pasta).

    1. It is FILLING. If I eat it with grapefruit and a cup of coffee, I can only eat maybe 1/2 a cup at a time. However, I will mention that couscous seems to give Sylvi some problems, so I stopped giving it to her. Perhaps the fiber is too much for her just yet? I don’t know, but it means more for me! 🙂

        1. She eats the multigrain Cheerios daily and we’ve had no trouble, but it seems that new foods are hard for her to digest. So I’m ruling out wheat troubles given what she eats and does well with. There was butter in the couscous, so that could have been it. Or the couscous could have not even been a factor and I just assumed it was because it was new. Who knows with babies!? I go to Pumpkin Seed since it’s closest right now. I’ve gotten quinoa there too.

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